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Flames walk away from Filip Sveningsson, plus two veterans are honoured with team awards

A few pieces of Calgary Flames news as we head towards the middle of this week and the calendar flips over into June.

The Flames did not sign 2017 seventh round selection Filip Sveningsson prior to the 3 p.m. MT deadline on Tuesday and so his NHL rights lapse and he’s been removed from the Flames reserve list. Sveningsson was always a bit of a project, but he never really found a niche as a pro in Sweden the way other prospects have. He re-signed with MODO Hockey several weeks back, so the door was likely closed to his NHL prospects back then.

The Flames have also announced two winners of their annual awards – they’re announcing them all week. The team awards are all named for past owners of the club.

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  • Johnny Gaudreau received the Daryl “Doc” Seaman Award for being the team’s leading point-scorer.
  • Mikael Backlund received the Ralph and Sonia Scurfield Humanitarian Award for his work off the ice supporting several charities in the Calgary area. (He was previously nominated for the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy by the team for similar reasons.)

The club will be announcing the Clayton H. Riddell Award (to the club’s top defenseman), the J.R. “Bud” McCaig Award (to the player and staff member exhibiting McCaig’s virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion) and the Harley N. Hotchkiss Award (to the club’s most valuable player) later this week.